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Third Republican joins race for state House seat

Posted: September 19, 2015 - 11:15pm
Mark Newton: Physician is the founder and CEO of MedNow.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN
Mark Newton: Physician is the founder and CEO of MedNow.

A physician and businessman on Tuesday became the third Republican to seek the District 123 seat in the Georgia House.

Flanked by civic leaders, including former Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver and state transportation board member Don Grantham, Mark Newton announced his campaign as a leader and “bridge builder,” representing parts of Richmond and Columbia counties in District 123.

Newton joined former Augusta Mayor Bob Young and attorney Wright McLeod in the race for the seat, which comes open when Barbara Sims retires next year.

Newton served as an Army doctor during Operation Desert Storm after graduating from the Medical College of Georgia. For 15 years, he has served as chairman and medical director of the emergency department at Doctors Hospital. He is the founder and CEO of MedNow Urgent Care, which has three area locations.

“I want to be a bridge builder” for Augusta, he said, “between medical and military,” the “exciting expansion of downtown Augusta out to new growth in the Evans and Grovetown area” and “between government at all levels and a rich and vibrant private sector.”

Grantham, who introduced Newton, called him “the perfect candidate” for the post.

Qualifying for the office starts in March, and primaries will be held next summer.

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